Respiratory Care

Our Respiratory Care and Sleep Center will keep you breathing easy day and night

Our Respiratory Care Department and Sleep Center utilize a variety of treatments to keep you breathing well while awake and while asleep.

When is the Respiratory Care Department open?

Our Respiratory Care Department is staffed 24 hours daily by certified and registered respiratory therapists. The department specializes in the treatment of patients of all age groups with various pulmonary diseases and problems.

What services are offered by the Respiratory Care Department?

a group of three nurses, 2 female, 1 male, preparing blood oxygen machine

We offer a wide variety of procedures including therapeutic, diagnostic and critical care services. Our pulmonary function lab offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to assist our physicians in diagnosing and treating many diseases of the lungs. Critical care services include ventilator management and care of patients requiring CPAP and BIPAP therapy.

What therapies are offered by the Perry Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care Department?

  • Therapeutic respiratory therapy
  • Inhaled medication treatments – nebulizer, metered dose inhalers, positive pressure breathing
  • Therapeutic breathing exercises
  • Pulmonary clearance therapy
  • Administration of oxygen
  • Diagnostic services
  • Complete pulmonary function testing
  • Bronchial provocation testing
  • Arterial blood gas puncture
  • Critical care services
  • Ventilator setup and management
  • BiPAP setup and management
  • CPR

What can I expect at the Sleep Center?

Our Sleep Center offers a comfortable, private, home-like setting for those requiring diagnostic testing for sleep disorders. We are available to perform sleep testing any night of the week. Tests are scored and interpreted promptly so patients can begin the treatment they need without delay.

What hours is Perry’s Respiratory Care and Sleep Center open?

The Respiratory Care Department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



What services are offered by the Perry Memorial Hospital Sleep Center?

The Perry Memorial Hospital Sleep Center provides both diagnostic sleep testing as well as testing with CPAP titration. The Sleep Center provides evaluation and treatment of a variety of sleep disorders, including Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Restless Leg Syndrome, Nighttime Seizure Disorders and Bruxism (grinding of the teeth). Testing is performed by registered technicians. Home sleep testing is available for patients who qualify. The main benefit of a home sleep test is the exam can be done in the comfort, convenience and privacy of the patient’s own home with a portable monitor rather than at the hospital.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common, yet often undiagnosed sleep disorder. It afflicts 22 million adult men and women in the U.S. (American Sleep Apnea Association). OSA can occur in men, women and children of all ages and sizes. People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly during sleep because their airway collapses. These pauses in breathing can happen 30 times or more per hour. Most people who have OSA do not realize they suffer from the condition. Often, it is the bed partner who notices the first signs of OSA. Obstructive Sleep Apnea inhibits the ability to get enough restorative sleep. Insufficient sleep can have a negative effect on attention, performance, memory, mood and other important functions. Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of automobile accidents. Sleep apnea can also lead to cardiovascular disease with an increased risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack.  If you or someone you know snores regularly and has one or more of the following symptoms, it may be OSA.

What are the signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day
  • Large neck size (greater than 17" in men; greater than 16" in women)
  • Crowded airway
  • Grogginess and morning headaches
  • Poor judgment or concentration
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Does the Perry Memorial Hospital Sleep Center offer home sleep studies?

Yes, home sleep studies are available to qualified patients with a physician’s order.  For more information, please contact Tim Schultz at 815-876-2492.

How important is good sleep hygiene?

Good sleep hygiene is important for everyone, but for those with sleep disorders, it’s especially vital.

What are some tips for good sleep hygiene?

  • Go to bed only when you are sleepy, not before. Excessively long times in bed lead to fragmented, shallow sleep. Get up at the same time every day, seven days a week. A regular wake time will help you fall asleep more easily at night and helps set your biological clock.
  • Sleep only in bed. Sleeping in other locations at home may make it more difficult to sleep in bed. Use the bedroom only for sleeping and sexual activity. Avoid reading, watching TV, eating or talking on the phone in bed. This will help you sleep in bed and stay awake when you are not in bed.
  • Cover the clock or put it where you cannot see it.
  • Regular daily exercise helps to deepen sleep. Exercise too close to bedtime may disturb sleep. Finish exercising at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Soundproof your bedroom against noise. Carpeting, wearing earplugs and closing the door and windows may help.
  • Keep the temperature moderate. Excessively warm rooms may disturb sleep.
  • Hunger may disturb sleep. A light snack at bedtime may help sleep but avoid greasy or heavy foods. Avoid excessive fluid intake in the evening. This minimizes the need for trips to the bathroom. Avoid caffeine. Avoid alcohol, especially in the evening. Although alcohol may help some fall asleep, sleep throughout the night becomes fragmented. Avoid using tobacco in any form, especially at bedtime or if you awaken at night. Tobacco use disturbs sleep.
  • Do not take your problems to bed. It is often helpful to spend time earlier in the evening to work on your problems or plan the next day’s activities.
  • Avoid naps. If you must sleep during the day, a single nap of 30 minutes may be taken in bed. Longer or more numerous naps can disturb sleep the following night.
  • If you cannot fall asleep, do not “try harder” to fall asleep. This often makes the problem worse. Get out of bed, go to another room and do something quietly (such as reading a book) until you become sleepy. Return to bed only when you become sleepy again.
  • Get up at your regular time in the morning, no matter how much you slept.

If the above steps do not help, contact your physician for further help with your sleep problems.

How can I reach the Perry Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care and Sleep Center Department?

Call 815-876-2492.